The world’s largest and highest valued semiconductor chip manufacturer based on revenue, Intel is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs).
Apart from supplying processors to computer system manufacturers like Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell – Intel also manufactures motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphics chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing.
Below are few operating segments of Intel and the percentage revenue they bring in :
- Client Computing Group – This segment produces hardware components that are used in desktop and notebook computers and contribute around 55% of the company’s total revenue.
- Data Center Group – This segment produces hardware components that are used in server, network, and storage platforms and contributes 29% of the company’s total revenue
- Internet of Things Group – This segment offers platforms that are designed for retail, transportation, industrial, buildings, and home use. This vertical brings in 5% of the company’s revenue.
- Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group – 4% of the company’s revenue is generated from this segment and this group manufactures NAND flash memory and 3D XPoint, branded as Optane, products primarily used in solid-state drives.
- Intel Security Group – This group produces software, particularly security, and antivirus software.
- Programmable Solutions Group – 3% of 2016 revenues – manufactures programmable semiconductors (primarily FPGAs).
FUN FACT: Intel enjoyed the biggest market share in both the overall worldwide PC microprocessor market (73.3%) and the mobile PC microprocessor (80.4%) in the second quarter of 2011
Below given is a list of Intel competitors basis different market segments:
Competitors in PC chipsets
- Advanced Micro Devices,
- VIA Technologies,
- Silicon Integrated Systems,
Competitors in networking include
- NXP Semiconductors,
- Broadcom Limited,
- Marvell Technology Group
- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation,
Competitors in flash memory include
- SK Hynix.
TOP INTEL COMPETITORS
A Taiwan based multinational computer and phone hardware and electronics company, Asus, was founded in April 1989.
Laptops, tablet computers, desktop computers, smartphones, servers, computer monitors, motherboards, graphics cards, sound cards, computer networking devices, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems are some of the products that are included in Asus’s product line.
If you heard of Intel, then surely you must have heard of AMD processors as well.
AMD or Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is an American multinational semiconductor company and one of the most significant Intel competitors. But it’s not just the processors that AMD manufactures, the company is also known to produce products like microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors and graphics processors for servers, workstations, personal computers, and embedded system applications.
AMD is the second-largest supplier and only significant rival to Intel in the market for x86-based microprocessors.
After acquiring ATI IN 2006, AMD and Nvidia have successfully maintained a duopoly in the graphics processing unit (GPU) market.
The below graph shows the decreasing gap in the market share of AMD and Intel.
There are different strategies that Intel is adopting to ward off this stiff competition from AMD.
The third in the list of Intel competitors is Nvidia.
Founded in 1993, Nvidia designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.
Apart from its GPU product line, Nvidia over the years has expanded its presence in the gaming industry with its handheld Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, and Shield Android TV and has diversified its business focusing on four main markets:
- Professional visualization,
- Data centers, and
Owing to changing business needs, Nvidia has also started focusing on artificial intelligence.
The below graph shows the five-year revenue growth of Nvidia vs Intel and we can clearly see the huge difference in their respective revenue growth.
One of the major intel competitors in networking is NXP Semiconductors.
Founded in 1953, the company is a global semiconductor manufacturer with a presence in more than 35 countries.
NXP Semiconductors offers mixed-signal and standard products based on its security, identification, automotive, networking, radio frequency, analog signal, and power management expertise.
Many know Samsung as a leading smartphone and home appliance manufacturer, but many may not be knowing that this south Korean multinational conglomerate is also one of the leading competitors of Intel in flash memory business.
VIA Technologies is one of the top competitors of Intel in the PC chipsets market.
Founded in 1987, VIA Technologies is a Taiwanese company that is also the world’s largest independent manufacturers of motherboard chipsets.
This concludes the article covering the top Intel competitors.